Bright, Catholic- and Gay is the title of one of Danton Remoto’s essays he compiled in this book. It aptly describes all the themes of his essays . As a matter of fact,the essay is about Raymond Alikpala , the author of the controversial book Of God and Men: A Life in the Closet published by Maverick House in 2012 . Its original title was God Loves Bakla( Bakla means gay) . Danton Remoto reviewed the book that Alikpala is such a bright person and on how he entered a Jesuit seminary until he was expelled after his homosexual activity was found out. But there is a better reason why , among the articles Remoto compiled in this book, he chose Bright, Catholic- and Gay as the title . If you dissect the title holistically, Bright could refer to the fact that everyone , along with gays, could be colorful in any aspects. Catholic may stand for the prelate perception about homosexuality. The Dash (-) before the word gay as you learned from English Writing Composition is also used to indicate a short pause ; Danton Remoto wants to imply that he as the representative of the confederation still braves out of getting the word “gay” in edgewise as part of society as what he has been advocating since LADLAD , an LGBT non-organization, was founded, or since the time when he shattered the Philippine society under its delusional teachings with his gay literature.
As a rule being an LGBT rights advocate , most of Danton Remoto’s essays are latently couched in social prejudice against homosexuality, how the confederation is still the subject of discrimination because of “wrong education”. One of them is on how LADLAD party list then was declared a” nuisance candidate” by the Commission on Elections (COMELEC), labeling its members “abnormal” and “immoral”. Another one is on how smart-Alec politicians and critics still think of homosexuality as a “mental disorder”. Poor them! They still have stuck in a time warp like the troglodytes. By the same token, who can’t forget Jan-jan( not his real name) , the Cebuano homosexual who had been the butt of jokes and jeers because of the video that went viral around the social media a few years ago? The video was about the irresponsible doctors and nurses who recorded- for fun or probably for gay joke-the perfume canister they removed from Jan-jan’s rectum . Tsk tsk tsk As Danton Remoto put it, they are ones who are sick.
Danton Remoto also wrote that the confederation has the normal ability as do men and women. If I put it on my own word, Remoto seemingly wants to tell us that society would not be studded with stars and diamonds without them. Gays could stand out in literature. They could be competent in any fields such as in education, information technology, law, entertainment, and even in building a family. Try to exterminate them on the face of the earth, your deep concerns about evil will still remain. Gee! Life could be like in the Dark Ages.
One of the big impediment to homosexual freedom in society is the ridiculous , illogical, ironic, and paradoxical teachings of the church. Danton Remoto discussed that the church restraints a homosexual from its right to freedom of expression, bourn upon the idea that being gay is a sin. You go to hell if you are gay. To cap it all off is the insistence that it is ok to be homosexual unless he does not engage in a homosexual activity including same-sex marriage! Wake up, snotty people!
In effect, this book is just a compilation of some of well-selected Danton Remoto’s essays and articles after his Gaydar. All the essays are worth reading and interesting since they primarily deal with the same concept- homosexuality in the Philippines. And of course I can relate to the topics if it weren’t Danton Remoto’s impressive and witty writing styles , typical of a gay writer who uses a gay lingo.
Another thing why I liked about this book is its paperback picture of two Davids holding hands with their wings flapping. In fact, I would blush when I brought it out on the bus to work. It could raise the homophobic passengers’ brows, for they are malicious and ignorant to boot. Fudge! I am a product of the social pressure.
Danton Remoto will go down in the Philippine history and literature – actually he has done it- as one of the contemporary writers whose revolutionary vision is to make a big difference in society. He has been exerting a lot of effort to completely break the horrendous illusions of the Philippines about homosexuality by means of using his godsend writing talent. And for whom I am thankful because if the Universe had not let him be brought to the world, society would remain in the darkness.
Rating: 4/ 5 stars ( I really liked it. )